Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

傳道書 1:1-18

萬事虛空

1以下是在耶路撒冷做王的大衛之子——傳道者的話。

2傳道者說:虛空的虛空,

虛空的虛空,一切都是虛空。

3人在日光之下的一切勞碌有什麼益處呢?

4一代過去,一代又來,

大地卻永遠長存。

5太陽升起,太陽落下,

匆忙回到升起之地。

6風吹向南,又轉向北,

循環不息,周而復始。

7江河湧流入海,海卻不會滿溢;

江河從何處流出,又返回何處。

8萬事令人厭煩,人述說不盡。

眼看,看不飽;

耳聽,聽不夠。

9以往發生的事,將來還會發生;

先前做過的事,將來也必再做。

日光之下,根本沒有新事。

10人可以指著哪件事說:

「看啊,這是新事」?

所謂的新事在我們以前早就有了。

11過去的事無人記得,

將來的事後人也不記得。

智慧之虛空

12我傳道者曾在耶路撒冷以色列的王。 13我專心用智慧去研究、探索天下各樣的事,發現上帝給世人的是極重的苦工。 14我觀察一切日光之下所做的事,看啊,都是虛空,好像捕風。 15彎曲的不能變直,缺少的無法補足1·15 補足」希伯來文是「數算」。16我心裡想:「我獲得極大的智慧,遠超過以前統治耶路撒冷的人。我擁有豐富的智慧和知識。」 17我又專心察明智慧和知識、狂妄和愚昧,卻發現這也是捕風。 18因為智慧越高,愁煩越多;知識越多,痛苦越深。

King James Version

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

4One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.1.5 hasteth: Heb. panteth 6The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 7All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.1.7 return…: Heb. return to go 8All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

12¶ I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.1.13 to be…: or, to afflict them 14I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 15That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.1.15 that which is wanting: Heb. defect 16I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.1.16 had…: Heb. had seen much 17And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 18For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.